2020 Business Predictions: Steve Heald, Managing Director, Business at A1 Comms

It’s that time of year, when Business Link Magazine invites the region’s business leaders to offer up their predictions for the year ahead. It has become something of a tradition, given that we’ve been doing this now for over 30 years.

While none of us possess a crystal ball, it is uncanny how accurate some of these forecasts have been over the years.

Here, Business Link catches up with Steve Heald, Managing Director, Business at A1 Comms.

Mobile communications will scythe through more boundaries as 2020 promises to be one of the most exciting years in the industry’s history.

For example, 5G will edge towards the mass market with new locations and new spectrum, improving performance to coincide with the scheduled release of the new iPhone in September.

Next year will also see full-fibre broadband being available for businesses with specialist infrastructure providers moving into cities across the East Midlands.

Benefits to companies who use full-fibre broadband will include speed, improved access Wi-Fi, cloud storage and cloud-based telephone systems.

Mobile phones have long been a key marker for fashion and next year we will be going back to the future with folding phones and flip phones as well as those must-have 5G iPhones.

Meanwhile, the Government has pledged to free up the telecommunications industry in the wake of the General Election.

It has claimed it will champion a £1 billion deal with the mobile phone industry to banish almost all rural not-spots.

The Shared Rural Network is aimed at giving high-quality 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2025.

This will provide additional coverage to 280,000 homes and businesses and 16,000km of roads.

No industry in the UK is more adept at handling change than ours but the vision for 2020 is going to keep us on our toes more than ever.